Press Release: Dolmenwood Kickstarter Aug 9



Necrotic Gnome and Exalted Funeral Press to Launch Dolmenwood Tabletop Roleplaying Game on Kickstarter

A lavishly detailed fantasy world inspired by the fairy tales and eerie folklore of the British Isles

BUFFALO, NY (July 12 2023) – Gavin Norman, founder of Necrotic Gnome (Old-School Essentials RPG), has teamed up with Exalted Funeral Press to launch his new tabletop roleplaying game and lavishly detailed fantasy setting, Dolmenwood. Inspired by traditional fairy tales, Dolmenwood blends the dark and whimsical, the wondrous and weird.

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As a native of England, Norman grew up surrounded by ruined castles, haunted manors, standing stones, twisted woods, and weird folklore. Combined with a love of 20th century fairy tales (e.g. Lord Dunsany, Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke), these influences form the lifeblood of the tricksome world of Dolmenwood.

Built on a streamlined, customized version of the Old-School Essentials game system, Dolmenwood is easy to learn and is packed with creepy fairy tale flavor. The game will be launched as a set of three core books, plus a range of adventures, maps, minis, and extras—ready for years of adventure.

“As a game and a fantasy setting, Dolmenwood has been part of my life and imagination for the last 10 years. It’s wonderful to finally have it ready for others to explore, clashing with the forces of the Nag-Lord, meddling with the fearsome Drune, and venturing onto perilous Fairy Roads.” shared Norman. Norman has worked with a team of talented artists, editors, and writers to fully realize his vision of Dolmenwood as a richly detailed game and setting.

Dolmenwood goes live on Kickstarter Aug. 9 2023.

Gavin Norman is the designer and visionary behind Necrotic Gnome, publisher of the acclaimed Old-School Essentials RPG. Norman’s award winning adventures Winter’s Daughter, The Hole in the Oak, and The Incandescent Grottoes are renowned for their imagination, playability, and presentation.

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Founded in 2018 by Cristin and Matt Kelley, Exalted Funeral Press is a publisher and online retail store specializing in unique role-playing games and zines. They are the co-publishers of the Old-School Essentials game system and have run many successful crowdfunding campaigns such as Old-School Essentials Fantasy RPG Box Sets, Monty Python's Cocurricular Mediaeval Reenactment Programme, Dr. Grordbort's Scientific Adventure Violence and many more!

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“It’s in the trees… It’s coming!”


This setting is pitch perfect from all I have read so far. I can’t wait to get these books. This will probably be the first game I’ll GM since returning to roleplaying 2 years ago.

I used to play B/X as a kid and I love that this game has that simplicity. But personally I’m glad it doesn’t include the baked-in ‘setting elements’ of B/X (e.g. halflings, nordic dwarfs) or of early AD&D (e.g. barbarians). It’s saturated with Dolmenwood ethos all the way through.

Gavin, have you read Company of Liars by Karen Maitland? A nice fit in some respects

Gruber Mcphisto

me want now
me no want wait
but me will wait
Me try to be civilised
me only uncivilized when GM

Shane Boom Boom kaBLOOEY!

Big fan of the art & design style. Thanks for the long preview pdf. It give us a good ideas what we are buying. A campaign book of 480 pages is great! So much content to explore and use. Can’t wait to read that.

Patrick Garon

Finally. ;)

Now hurry up and take my money!



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